Watching this Boston-Cleveland series is kind of like watching a game of Spades, knowing Boston has a great hand by most standards, only to realize the Cavs are whipping out Aces left and right. Despite not playing for 10 days, The King scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished seven assists.
That makes Cleveland 9-0 this postseason, while Love has averaged 15.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first National Basketball Association title.
"I have to be in attack mode and just put the pressure on the defense and see what happens", James said.
Asked after the game if this is the most comfortable he's ever felt on offense in his career, James demurred. "So he came through for us". Right now, he's performing at the level of a 2K Create-A-Player who had every attribute maxed out. "I didn't think he could get any better. You never want to double when they have that much shooting because eventually they're going to find a good shot or they're going to get the rebound, but how do you not pay extra-close attention to the best player in the world?"
The team with the flawless roster continued its run of perfection in the 2017 playoffs on May 17 by topping the Celtics, 117-104, at TD Garden in Boston. The lesser of two evils is forcing James to become a jump shooter, and Brown was able to do that at times.
The result: Cleveland Cavaliers 117 (LeBron James 38, Love 32, Thompson 20, Irving 11) bt Boston Celtics 104 (Crowder 21, Horford 11, Bradley 21, Thomas 17, Brown 10, Green 11). Isaiah Thomas had 17 points. Boston was 2 for 16 and shot 35 percent overall in the first half.
"This is a ideal roster with regard to how many predicaments they can put you in with all the shooting". Here were the Celtics-a 53-win team that fought all regular season to secure home-court advantage, a team fresh off two tightly contested series wins-discovering that they were the punchline all along. James disrespectfully turned his back on his defender before breezing into the paint for an easy score.
"We wanted to come in and set the tone and dictate the game. We need to do a better job in other ways". "It wasn't just me. Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well".
Things got a little testy in the third quarter when Boston's Marcus Smart and Cleveland's Thompson got nose-to-nose and had to be separated by referees.
Celtics rallied some and actually cut the deficit to 11 with the benches cleared in the final minutes.